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By Italo Calvino

This selection of playful, lethal fables is populated with waifs and strays, a gluttonous thief and a mischievous gardener. The grimly shaggy dog story "The Argentine Ant" moved Gore Vidal to claim 'if this isn't a masterpiece of twentieth-century prose writing, i can't consider whatever better'.

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The extant portions of the two editions survived in different manuscript traditions. For a brief summary of the textual traditions in English, see the entries by R. Rouse for ‘Academica posteriora’ and ‘Academica priora’ in L. ), Texts and Transmissions: A Survey of the Latin Classics (Oxford 1983), pp. 112–15 and 124–25. The history of the second edition is thoroughly examined in Hunt 1998. 86. Some more recent work on the text has been done by C. Schäublin for his Latin– German edition Marcus Tullius Cicero Akademische Abhandlungen Lucullus (Hamburg 1995).

Inwood and J. ), Assent and Argument (Brill, New York/Leiden 1997), pp. 217–56. edu. , ‘Plato the Sceptic’, in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, suppl. vol. (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1992), pp. 43–72. , The Morality of Happiness (Oxford University Press, Oxford 1993). , and J. Barnes, The Modes of Scepticism: Ancient Texts and Modern Interpretations (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1985). , ‘Antiochus of Ascalon’, in M. Griffin and J. ), Philosophia Togata: Essays on Philosophy and Roman Society (Oxford University Press, Oxford 1989), pp.

83–92. , Ethics and Human Action in Early Stoicism (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1985). , ‘Presentation and Assent: A Physical and Cognitive Problem in Early Stoicism’, Classical Quarterly 40 (1990), pp. 433–49. , ‘The Stoic Theory of Categories’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 27 (1999), pp. 215–47. , ‘The Liar Paradox and the Stoics’, in K. ), Topics in Stoic Philosophy (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1999), pp. 54–70. , ‘Logic III. The Stoics. §8 Paradoxes’, in K. Algra, J. Barnes, J. Mansfeld, and M.

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